How is the survey conducted?

Every year, we conduct more than 12,000 interviews throughout Germany. Of these, 7,500 are face-to-face interviews and 5,000 online. The survey focuses on holiday travel with at least one overnight stay. A distinction is made between:

  • Holidays of five days or more
  • Short breaks of two to four days.

The findings are representative of the German-speaking population.

Method used

Within the scope of the Reiseanalyse, more than 12,000 interviews are conducted in Germany. Of these, 7,500 are face-to-face interviews lasting around one hour and 5,000 online. The survey focuses on holiday travel with at least one overnight stay. A distinction is made between holidays of five days or more and short breaks of two to four days. The findings in each case are representative of the German-speaking population.

Interviews are conducted at almost 1,500 sample points (1,430 sample points for the RA 2017).

RA face-to-face survey:

Representative of German-speaking individuals aged 14 or over, living in private households in Germany (selection: random route). In January each year, more than 7,500 respondents are asked about holiday-related topics in home interviews.

RA online:

Representative of German-speaking individuals aged 14 to 70, living in private households in Germany (selection: online access panel). Online surveys are conducted among a total of 5,000 respondents in May and November. Key topics include online-related questions and information specific to short breaks and city breaks.

Germans and foreigners:

Since the RA 2011, German-speaking foreigners have been included in the universe. As a rule, findings from the RA 2011 onwards are provided in respect of the German-speaking population resident in Germany and aged 14 or over (Germans and foreigners).

A detailed description of the methodology with statements regarding the universe, selection of respondents, survey method, sample, interviewer checks, structural weighting and projections is provided in a separate methodology volume. With regard to the RA online, the selection of respondents is specifically described to supplement the general information, including how panel participants are recruited and quality assurance.